"Writing can sometimes be exploitative. I like to take a few steps of remove in order to respect the privacy of the subject. If readers make the link, they have engaged with the poem."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."John Barton on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."John Barton on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."John Barton on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."John Barton on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."John Barton on Abraham Lincoln
"I have always been very obsessed with time. Time's passage makes us all very vulnerable and because we all experience it in our own way, it can make us feel very alone."
"No poem is easily grasped so why should any reader expect fast results?"
"Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems."
"An experienced reader uses the poem as an agent of inquiry. This makes poetry very exciting, unstable, and interactive."
"Poetry is but another form of inquiry into the nature of phenomena, using with its own unique procedures and tools."